LilBeerDoctor (4230) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On tap. Pours black with a thick tan head. Aroma of sweet roasted malt. Flavor of roasted malt initially with a citrusy, hoppy finish. Great black IPA, I loved both components of a robust ale plus IPA. Uber drinkable too.
7/4/8/4/15 (3.8/5) boFNjackson (4230) - Portland, Oregon, USA - FEB 21, 2013
Bottle @ a recent bottle share... Poured dark brown (not quite full black) with a thin head. On par for the style, but no wow factor here. Not enough bitterness or dark malt flavor to make it stand out. And I didn’t get much lavender there either. If you’re into BIPAs/CDAs then this will do it for you, just don’t expect it stand out. jake65 (4033) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - APR 4, 2010
Bottle: Looks like a porter, plain and simple. Thin creamy brown head on a dark brown body... pure deception of what’s to come. Nose is light citrus and heavy roast, followed by a similar taste. Citrus, light floral twinge, heavy roast, and faint coffee. The florals really come through well and the roast right there. Nice interpretation of the style. zach8270 (4021) - Henrietta, New York, USA - FEB 21, 2011
(beer tasting @ Monty’s Krown - Rochester, NY: bottle - 12 oz) Dark brown with a light and fizzy off-white head. Hoppy and slightly smokey aroma with a lightly sweet malt balance. Very herbal and floral flavor at the beginning with that light malt coming up in the middle and leading to a lightly bitter and flowery finish. esjaygee (3902) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - MAY 20, 2010
Black with a thin tan head that slowly fades into as thin layer that reminds me a bit of chocolate milk. Aroma of dark malts with some citrus and pine behind them. A bit of roasted malt comes through as it warms, some coffee too. Taste is more black than IPA with dark roasted malts, coffee (acidic), a touch of caramel. Light citrus and pine intermingle, though they are a bit milder than other versions I’ve had of the style. Faint non-lasting bitterness finish things off.
drpimento (3814) - La Crosse, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2016
Good beer, but man on a mission of brutally dry and bitter? Christallmighty whoa The aroma is fresh. But while the flavor is true, it’s still so over the top bitter, that you can’t think of anything thing else. queenholly (3623) - South Whitley, Indiana, USA - DEC 17, 2010
Bottle. Black brown with a moderate brown head and a little lacing. Aroma is roasty coffee and something fruity/floral. There’s something in the aroma very familiar, pulling up a long lost memory, but I can’t nail the smell. Flavor is dark roasted malt, coffee, and a light bitter hop finish. Very nice. Chudwick (3423) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - DEC 28, 2012
12oz bottle - pours black with nice beige head and great lacing. Nose is chocolate and light spruce. Flavor adds roasted malts and coffee. Light sweet with stronger bitterness. Dry finish with roasty aftertaste. Smooth and medium to full body. Definitely liking the style more and more. Usually overlook the brewer, but I’ll keep an eye out now. AWISLguy (3419) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 21, 2010
Bottle from Breeze Thru. Pours an oily black - opaque - with a porter foamy head. Aroma is oil, soy sauce, some roasted coffee. Flavor is oil, roasted malts, plus something slightly sour. A long bitter finish is the item that takes the taste out of the "thin stout" category and the only real hop presence detected. As it warms, even more thin stout-y. pantanap (3367) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 11, 2012
On tap at the taproom in Indy... Pours a deep silky stout black hued consistency with reddish brown edges and topped with a medium soapy light beige head that quickly recedes leaving a wispy... Aroma of black licorice, abuse, spices, and a light aspect of spruce... Flavors emphasize semi-bitter roasted chocolate and black licorice. The hops kind of fall to the wayside. Medium bodied leaving somewhat an earthy chalky feel towards the finish. Semi-lively carbonation. Totally lacking in the hop department.